[ExI] Unitarian Universalist was meaning of life

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Wed Aug 5 10:50:31 UTC 2020

UUs do have some unstated beliefs, they are (or were 40 years ago)
hostile to cryonics.  Humanists had similar attitudes.  I analyzed
their opposition as a case of applying "liberal guilt."

>From an old cryonet posting: http://www.cryonet.org/cgi-bin/dsp.cgi?msg=18376

>Why single out Christianity? Is not all religion similarly responsible -
>diverting effort from what really may solve the problem of death into
>pointless ceremony and ritual?

Memetic reasons.  This is an article with the point of bringing Humanists
around to our view of the world, call it progressive as opposed to the
dominant view some years ago of "liberal guilt," that it was unfair for a
few selfish people to live while all the poor died.  Some of you may
remember the very hostile reaction cryonics got (we were asked to leave) a
Humanist meeting in San Jose ten or twelve years ago.  Unitarians shared
much of the same ideas, a Unitarian minister was defrocked for speaking out
about cryonics about the same time.

I knew a UU minister who (I made a case) was defrocked over his
talking about cryonics.  The story, including his view of what
happened, is written up somewhere, but I can't find it.

It was a funny story and the minister involved made out like a bandit,
he got a job he really liked that paid much better.  Has been signed
up for cryonics for a long time now.


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